Hands in spring seeps holding rare 3-toed salamanders and pickerel frogs. Hands on tree bark staring closely at tiny clinging spring peeper frogs. Hands holding trees while navigating tufts of hills in the forested wetland. Hands on binoculars gazing at massive heron nests in a rare adjoining rookery.
Located in Lehman Township, since 2006 the Millers have welcomed the community to a rare, diverse ecosystem for exploration and education. The Sanctuary is a unique area of old forest, forested wetlands, natural meadow/grazing land and thriving wildlife habitat. Considered an "exceptional value" wetlands, waters flow into the natural trout producing stream of East Fork Harvey's Creek. In 2006, The PA Department of Environmental Protection Grants Center awarded a grant to create the foundation for a Montessori environmental education program to operate annually in this Sanctuary.
Since then, scores of schools and community groups, Wyoming Seminary, Keystone College, Wilkes University, visually impaired campers, developmentally challenged adults and many others - have connected to nature. The Lehman Sanctuary was awarded the 2016 Environmental Partnership Award from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the 2019 Environmental Partnership Award with Misericordia University. Recent partnerships include Misericordia University, installing custom telemetry technology in the forested wetlands to monitor water quality in real time and stream this living science data into classrooms for S.T.E.M. study.
Our mission: To provide immersive environmental education and recreation that engages, educates and enlightens the community to their natural world, while preserving open space and natural areas.
Join the many schools and community groups who experience a truly rare and diverse ecosystem hands-on --- and emerge revitalized and with a new love of their natural world.